October 15, 2017

Pallet Coffee Roasters – E. Vancouver

We finally got around to visiting the 3rd location of Pallet near the East Hastings and Victoria neighborhood. We had great experiences not too long ago at the Broadway and Kingsway locations

This location is on a side street north of Hastings in a semi industrial/residential area. You won’t miss it as the Pallet building stands out quite obviously.

There is plenty of parking on Hastings. It may be a bit of a challenge finding in the side streets near Pallet just because there are so many other shops and factories nearby it seems.

This location is multi leveled.  There are extra seating on the 2nd floor, but not too much.  Then there is the basement where I think the washrooms are located.  Here is a view of the main coffee bar from the 2nd floor seating area.

You can also see the open kitchen behind big windows near he back of the shop.

Be forewarned that the 2nd floor is really really stuffy.  There was hardly any air circulation up there.

I ordered a regularly coffee and it was consistent with the other locations. There was nothing special looking on my brewed coffee so I skipped the picture.  However, this time I ordered a kid’s hot chocolate for my special guest. 

We were so happy that they put so much effort in making latte art on the kids drink.  I don’t think Starbucks bothers doing this at all.

The baristas here were very friendly.  This location feels a bit smaller than the other 2 since there was no long wooden communal table here.  Aside from the air circulation issues on the 2nd floor, the drinks seemed consistent with the other locations.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

Pallet Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

October 8, 2017

Bubble Waffle Cafe–Ironwood Plaza Richmond

It seems like Bubble Waffle Cafe (BWC) locations are steadily increasing around metro Vancouver.  This location is in South East Richmond inside Ironwood Plaza, so parking is a breeze.   BWC is known for it’s customizable soup noodles along with being able to add $1 for the bubble waffle.

We got here late in the evening as a second choice because Pho 10 nearby had already closed.  Since it was so late, there weren’t too many patrons.

They have a full menu with pictures of the food and drinks.  You then order by ticking off your choices on the order sheet.  Most, if not all of the meals come with a hot/cold drink of your choice.

If ordering the soup noodles, you start by choosing the soup base, then type of noodles, 2 toppings, and a hot/cold drink.

This is the laksa soup, with rice noodle. 

Even without the toppings, the soup noodles already have lots of vegetables and some meats that come standard.  The soup was flavorful and not too spicy.  We did notice one of the 2 toppings were missing, specifically the fish tofu. 

We brought this up to the server who informed the kitchen.  However, I guess the kitchen staff didn’t trust us, and told the server to come back out to tell us to check the bottom of the soup.  We stirred the noodles around to show the server and she immediately apologized and went back in to get us a side plate of fish tofu:

Although the missing fish tofu was resolved, we felt it took a bit of effort to do so.  This was not the fault of our server, but just the fault of the kitchen for treating us like we didn’t know where to look in the first place.

Next we ordered Hainan chicken with oil rice

This was a good sized portion.  The chicken was quite juicy and the oil rice was quite acceptable.

Next we tried their fried noodle option.   For the fried noodles, they also let you select the type of noodles and meat. We chose udon and Kurobuta pork.

The udon was a bit too soft.  The pork was quite tasty though.  Overall it tastes a bit like teriyaki sauce fried noodle since it was on the sweet side.

All the drinks come in paper cups which we didn’t think looked too good since this was a full service restaurant, not fast food or food court.

Finally here is the bubble waffle for the extra $1:

The bubble waffle came at the same time as the food.  So by the time we ate it, it was already cold.  It was still good though as it was not too sweet nor oily tasting.

This BWC has a good location as parking is good.  The pricing here is quite good as you can get a full meal and drink for under $10.  It was odd for them to serve drinks in paper cups though.  It would have been better if they served the bubble waffle like a dessert after the main meal.  It was hard to believe we got short changed 1 of the 2 toppings for the soup noodles, maybe it was late the kitchen staff were sleepy. 

This location is certainly more comfortable eating here than in their other food court locations.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

Bubble Waffle Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

October 1, 2017

Pallet Coffee Roasters–Kingsway

After having such a positive experience at their newer west Broadway location, I decided to try out the Kingsway location as I was in the neighbourhood.  This is located at the southwest corner of Kingsway and Knight.  They’ve got a big sign on the building so you can’t miss it.

There was plenty of free parking on Kingsway too.  This location is a bit smaller than the Broadway location.  The building is older but inside was renovated with updated d├ęcor. 

They had plenty of private tables, a big communal table and a long counter  by the window as long as some seats by the barista bar too.

I just had a regular brewed coffee.  I didn’t take a pic of it since it was in a plain black cup.  The Broadway store has newer cups with the Pallet name stamped on.  The coffee was itself was superb and had the same type of acidity and strength as their other location.  I liked the coffee so much I almost bought a bag of beans.  If it weren't for the unopened bag of beans I still had at home, I would have jumped on a bag here from Pallet.

The service here was quick and friendly.  During my 30 minute stay on Friday morning, I saw a consistent flow of foot traffic keeping everyone busy here.

SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.

Pallet Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

September 21, 2017

Snowy Village Dessert Cafe - Richmond

During a hot August day, we stopped by a relatively new Korean dessert cafe located in the Alexandra food street.

They specialize in shaved ice desserts with premium toppings.  A bit pricey considering that you are eating ice.

It was already quite busy when we got there late in the afternoon.  We had to wait about 15 minutes before being seated.

We started with the baked toast with a fish imprint. 

Inside was a red bean filling.  It looked nice but upon tasting, it turned out to be just made out of regular bread squished together probably in a fish shaped panini maker.

We ordered their special mango shaved ice.  This is a large size.

It did have a huge amount of mango.  Also, the ice itself is quite creamy.  During our visit, we saw a big delivery of 4 litre jugs of homo milk.  Looks like they do make the ice by using the milk.  This ice dessert is nice to try but not something we would eat regularly like we would with ice cream.

This location is a bit crowded and does not seat very many people. Going back to the milk delivery, they had all the jugs delivered and placed on the dirty floor behind the counter. We didn’t feel this was a very hygienic place to store the milk and hope they will change their practice after witnessing this ourselves.  They were not shy about it either as it was easily visible to all.

SFDD gives 3 out of 5 Delights.

Snowy Village Dessert Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

September 18, 2017

Minervas Pizza & Steak House Arbutus Ridge–Vancouver

It was recommended for us to try out Minervas on W41 Ave.  We got there quite early as we missed lunch, so we decided to go for an early dinner.  They open at 4:30pm which was around he same time we got there.  We were not even the first one there when we arrived.

There is plenty of free street parking nearby too for added convenience.

It was quiet and was still bright outside due to our early dinner plan.

We ordered calamari to start:

The calamari was lightly battered and seasoned just right.  It was a big serving for the two of us to share.

This is the pita bread side that came with our meals:

The pita bread was very soft and fluffy

We both ordered souvlakis.

Beef Souvlaki sans Feta:

Beef Souvlaki with Feta:

The Greek rice was good as it was not too oily.  The salad was a generous size and was fresh.  The beef was a bit overcooked for our liking. 

The server should have asked us how well done we wanted the beef, but we also forgot to remind him too.  The beef was still tender though but we think they way over seasoned it which was unfortunate.  The potatoes felt a bit too dry and firm, but still had a good taste to it.

Our server was very friendly and was not pushy at all.  The best part of the visit was the calamari. It was unfortunate that the beef turned out the way it as, but certainly it won’t deter us from coming again to try other dishes.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

Minervas Pizza & Steak House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato